Strength: 45% ABV (90 proof)
Type of Agave: 70% Espadin, 30% Tobala.
Description: Mezcal Union is produced and distilled in San Baltazar, in the state of Oaxaca. Families that form part of the Union of Mezcal have more than three generations producing mezcal as their main craft. Palenques are the distilleries where these families produce their artisanal mezcal. Archipielago is a company devoted to bring together several Palenques and the families that distill mezcal to make Mezcal Union.
The El Viejo mezcal displays savory aromas, nice roasted character with subtle hints of smoke and spice. A nice bite that smooths out with a long flavorful finish.
MEZCAL DEFINITION: A distilate made from the charred hearts of the Agave desert plant. (The big difference in flavor profile between Tequila and Mezcal—beyond factors like aging, yeast, and the agave varietal(s) used—is that in mezcal, agave hearts are charred, deeply roasted in pits called “palenques,” which impart a smokiness to the flavor spectrum. Tequila is, by law, the product of just the Blue Weber varietal, while Mezcal can be made from upwards of 30 kinds of Agave—though the majority is made with the Espadin varietal)